Stethoscope: Littmann Cardiology III vs. Master Cardiology

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I am a CCU nurse looking to buy a new stethoscope. I currently use the Littmann S.E II that I have purchased in nursing school. I am looking to purchase either the Littmann cardiology III or the master cardiology. I borrowed a co-worker's cardiology III stethoscope and was amazed at how much more I heard from her stethoscope. I haven't used a master cardiology yet and there's no one on my unit that has one for me to test-drive.

I was wondering if anyone out there who have tried both stethoscopes have a preference? Thanks for your feedback!

Which Cardiology stethoscope is Best?

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RNforLongTime

RNforLongTime

Specializes in Med-Surg Nursing. 1,577 Posts

I started out my critical care career with a Cardio III. I have since upgraged to a Master Cardio! Go for the gusto and get the Master Cardio! You won't regret it!

myblkcat

myblkcat

Specializes in Cardiovascular Recovery. Has 6 years experience. 30 Posts

I forgot my stethoscope a few days ago and a co-worker let me borrow his Master Cardiology. I swear I could just about hear the patient's pedal pulses while auscultating for breath sounds! Seriously though, I have a hard time hearing through most stethoscopes but that one was so good I came home from my shift and ordered it. Afterward, I did get to listen through a different co-workers STC and would recommend either one. I haven't used a Cardiology III but for the price difference go for the Master Cardiology.

Corvette Guy

Corvette Guy

Specializes in Telemetry, OR, ICU. 1,505 Posts

myblkcat said:
I forgot my stethoscope a few days ago and a co-worker let me borrow his Master Cardiology. I swear I could just about hear the patient's pedal pulses while auscultating for breath sounds! Seriously though, I have a hard time hearing through most stethoscopes but that one was so good I came home from my shift and ordered it. Afterward, I did get to listen through a different co-workers STC and would recommend either one. I haven't used a Cardiology III but for the price difference go for the Master Cardiology.

I agree 100% for the little price difference go with the MC stethoscope. My wife bought me an MC for my b-day last April and I'm more than pleased with the quality. However, if I'm not using it, or its not around my neck, then I put it away in my locker, locked!

MuddaMia

MuddaMia

246 Posts

I just found this for $149 w/free ship--and includes a special students bonus kit for nursing students! I couldnt believe the price and had to call and verify it was the right steth

heartICU

heartICU

462 Posts

Try buying your steth at allheart.com..I have ordered from there before - great prices.

longjourneydream

longjourneydream

Specializes in ER/ medical telemetry. 145 Posts

go with the master cardiology one.

the only thing i had to get used to was the single head; light touch would represent bell of steth. and reg- touch represents traditional diaphram, directions are included. has a blank plate for engraving.

all the docs want to use it, but i sternly tell them to please return it, with laser burning eye contact,and so far they do not forget to return it.

so far i have not been disappointed.

nurse-perverse said:
hello,

i am a ccu nurse looking to buy a new stethoscope. i currently use the littmann s.e ii that i have purchased in nursing school. i am looking to purchase either the littmann cardiology iii or the master cardiology. i borrowed a co-worker's cardiology iii stethoscope and was amazed at how much more i heard from her stethoscope. i haven't used a master cardiology yet and there's no one on my unit that has one for me to test-drive. so i was wondering if anyone out there who have tried both stethoscopes have a preference? thanks for your feedback! :monkeydance:

deeDawntee, RN

Specializes in Travel Nursing, ICU, tele, etc. Has 12 years experience. 1,579 Posts

Personally I love my Littman model 4100 it is electronic and also records for you if you would like. I can't believe how well I can hear. It has taken getting used to...because things are sooo much sharper and clearer that you aren't sure what you are listening to. I also have both the Master Cardiology and the Cardiology III and the 4100 is far superior, IMHO.

Burnt2

Burnt2

Specializes in LPN school. 281 Posts

deeDawntee said:
Personally I love my Littman model 4100 it is electronic and also records for you if you would like.

*jaw drops*

How many moons did you have to save up to purchase it?

Haha I always thought the 4100's looked like a python that has swallowed a cow or something

the 3100's are pretty good, aesthetically speaking. never tried one though.

deeDawntee, RN

Specializes in Travel Nursing, ICU, tele, etc. Has 12 years experience. 1,579 Posts

Burnt2 said:
*jaw drops*

How many moons did you have to save up to purchase it?

Haha I always thought the 4100's looked like a python that has swallowed a cow or something

the 3100's are pretty good, aesthetically speaking. never tried one though.

LOL!!! not that many moons Burnt!!!! It runs for about $400 and it is deductible, man!!! Hey most people don't even realize it is a different stethoscope around my neck...since I rarely take it off...better than jewelry, I say!!! I LOVE IT!! You can hear murmurs in the hearts of your patient's tapeworms!!!! hehehe

Burnt2

Burnt2

Specializes in LPN school. 281 Posts

deeDawntee said:
You can hear murmurs in the hearts of your patient's tapeworms!!!! hehehe

hahaha I actually laughed when I saw that

Quit saying such nice things about it. I've been on ebay for a week now cruising around for a scope to replace my venerable Classic SE II, and I don't need to hear any of your seductive whispers.

Last thing I need is a concealed weapon permit to protect myself against the lustful cardiologists